*More Boko Haram Surrender
Police in Borno state have rescued thirteen persons abducted by suspected gang of Boko Haram kidnapers in Kamuya village of Biu local government area.
This is coming as intelligence arm of the Special Anti Robbery Squad (SARS) of the Borno State Police Command took custody of 12 members of Boko Haram with members of their families who surrendered after a peaceful negotiation.
However, the Police Public Relations Officer, DSP Victor Isuku confirmed the rescue of the abductees in a statement made available to the media.
He said, “On the 19/8/2017, the Area Commander Biu, reported a case of abduction of six (6) children, four (4) males and two (2) females while the Command’s striking unit (SARS) and team of investigators were dispatched to the area.
“The said deployment and the use of undercover operatives led to the arrest of five (5) persons who made confessional statements and revealed the location where the abducted children were kept.
“Through community policing partnership and networking, the Command with local hunters and vigilante members dominated the hostage scene and after about an hour gun battle with the hoodlums in the forest, near Kumaya village in Buni Yadi general area of Yobe state, the police overwhelmed them and rescued the hostages.” He said.
DSP Victor also said that the following arrests, rescues and recoveries were made:
“Two (2) of the hoodlums died following injuries sustained in the gun battle. Two (2) AK47 rifles used by the hoodlums were recovered.
“The six (6) earlier abducted victims were rescued. Another Seven (7) abducted persons were rescued, bringing the total number of persons rescued to thirteen (13).” He said.
He said, Two (2) members of the search party were injured on the course of the exchange of fire.
“They are, however, responding to treatment and are in stable condition.
” The thirteen (13) rescued victims were formally handed over to the Borno state deputy governor, Alhaji Usman Mamman Durkwa, today at the Government house.” He said.
“This has added to the Counter terrorism efforts of the Nigerian military, code name “Operation Safe Corridor “.
A statement from The Police Public Relations Officer, DSP Victor Isuku said, the unconditional surrender to the police by high profile repentance Boko Haram terrorists is a victory for all security agencies working entirely to return peace to Borno state.
According to the statement, One Ibrahim Dala (alias Abu Ali), formerly of Kawar Mela ward, Maiduguri, an Amir (commander) of the Mamman Nur faction, along with Audu Mustapha Bukar, ‘m’ 20yrs and Laminu Mustapha Modu, ‘m’ 25yrs, all residing at Talala insurgents camp in sambisa forest, surrendered themselves unconditionally to Borno state police command.
“Audu Mustapha Bukar and Laminu Mustapha Modu, both of whom are from Ngallamari village, claimed to have been held hostage by the sect sometime ago and we’re conscripted.
“Others include: Alhaji Ali ‘m’, 25yrs of Alagarno village, Abubakar Mele ‘m’, 30yrs of Yasko village, Modu Umar ‘m’, 20yrs of Bursum village, Modu Maina ‘m’, 15yrs of Bursum village, Ali Kolo ‘m’, 20yrs of Alagarno village, Bintu Abukar ‘f’, 14yrs of Yasko village, Falmata Abukar ‘f’, 15yrs of Yasko village, Hauwa Ali ‘f’ 15yrs of Alagarno village, Husam Ali ‘f’ 14yrs of Alagarno village, Mallam Modu ‘f’ 16yrs of Bursum village.” The statement said.
However, Police said, the children of the surrendered Boko Haram militants, numbering five (5), are between the ages of 1yr to 8yrsr old respectively.
“They have since made useful statements that will assist in the counter Insurgency campaign of the military. Presently, they’re undergoing preliminary profiling preparatory to transfer to the military.” The statement added”